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Director: Michael Haneke
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One of modern cinema’s great directors, the formidable Michael Haneke is on bracingly brilliant form with Happy End, his twelfth feature film and first since the celebrated, awards laden Amour in 2012. Working from his own screenplay, Haneke, whose peerless directorial credits include The Piano Teacher, Hidden and The White Ribbon, forensically examines a dysfunctional, bourgeois Calais family in a slyly satirical and compelling drama. A condensed updating of the director’s career-long thematic obsessions, Happy End is also as bitingly relevant as one would expect from this most astute of film-makers.
With the economic refugees of ‘The Jungle’ a never seen but somehow constant presence, Haneke trains his camera on a construction dynasty apparently oblivious to the struggles endured close by. With a superb cast headed by Isabelle Huppert, Toby Jones, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassowitz, Haneke beautifully balances its stark moral and psychological themes with subtle compassion and moments of absurdist humour.
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Toby Jones
Produced in: France-Austria-Germany
Running time: 107 mins